The B-17 Aluminum Overcast visited WVI May 3-6. The visit started with a press flight on Monday for the local papers and KION 46 weather reporter Tamara Berg. Click here. The SC Sentinel story is here. Tuesday had the first two flights for paying passengers and a couple of freebies for EAA 119 volunteers. Afterward a lot of visitors came out to the airport to tour through the plane, EAA119 volunteers doing a great job keeping the visitors interested, educated, informed and flowing through the plane. We all learned a lot and I think passed on a lot of information to the community what it was like in that plane. Tony and Thad literally spent hours in the cockpit talking to folks. (click on the title to see more...)
Saturday April 3rd from 11am-4pm you are invited to attend the Grand Opening of West Coast Sport Aircraft.
West Coast Sport Aircraft is the authorized distributor for TECNAM aircraft for California and the west coast.
We will also have a FAA Safety Series seminar 11am-12 pm on "Light Sport Aircraft and the Sport Pilot license". For more information please see www.faasafety.gov/spans/event_details.aspx
West Coast Sport Aircraft is located at 170 Aviation Way, Watsonville, CA (in the Ocean Air hangar) -- please call (831)763-0290 for more information, or visit www.westcoastsportaircraft.com
For three days only, February 22, 23, and 24th the Tecnam P2006T will be on display at Ocean Air Flight Services, Inc. ( 170 Aviation Way ).
This aircraft is soon to achieve it's full FAR23 FAA certification in the U.S.
More information available at www.westcoastsportaircraft.com
Ocean Air Flight Services will once again be offering a private pilot groundschool course, Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6pm to 9pm, starting February 2nd.
The course will be taught by Gerry Barron using Jeppesen training materials.
The only charge for the course is $100 which will be applied to the LaserGrade FAA written test upon successful completion of the course, and purchase of the Jeppesen text book (approximately $85) and Test Guide (approximately $19).
Attendance is free for EAA members wishing to "brush up" on their pilot knowledge, or share some of their own experiences with the rest of the class.
I was talking to Joe about his B-17 ditching in WWII. He said it was because they had run out of gas, the plane they were flying wasn't their normal one and turned out to be a gas hog. By the time they reached Holland, they were throwing guns and equipment out to lighten it up, but they ditched about 20 miles off the Dutch coast. Their mayday got the rescue folks looking for them and a Hudson bomber dropped a boat to them. But they spent more than 24 hours in that boat before they got picked up.
The ditching was on one engine, the others had run out of gas. The crew got into the ditching positions and all made it out when everything stopped. Joe's exit was to be through his window which surprised him since he was so bulky in his flight gear. Both rubber rafts got into the water for the 10 man crew. They used a hand crank radio and flares to attract the rescue crews. The rescue was delayed because at the time a raid was being executed on the Dutch coast and they couldn't risk giving it away with picking them up.